Last Year’s Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in Anaheim Leads to Cal-OSHA Fines
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Huntington Beach, CA, November 14th, 2018 In November of last year, the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) announced that its office had been notified of a number of individuals diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The infected people lived in or had visited the Anaheim area in the preceding months. A number of the sick people had visited a well-known amusement park in the area and several were employees of the park. Almost a year later, the Los Angeles Times published an article detailing the aftermath of the outbreak.......[Read More]
California Residents Warned to be on the Lookout for Recalled Rubber Toys Due to Lead Violations
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Huntington Beach, CA, November 9th, 2018 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently posted information about the recall of over 31,000 rubber critter toys that were purchased by consumers from catalogs and online stores from February 2017 through June of this year. These items were imported from China and the orange and yellow surface paint colors on the toys contain levels of lead that violate federal regulations.
According to the CPSC posting, “This recall involves all rubber critter toys sold in various colors.......[Read More]
Violation Notices Served After Asbestos Disturbed at California High School
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Huntington Beach, CA, November 7th, 2018 In late August, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) issued violation notices to several contractors and the Manhattan Beach Unified School District “for the illegal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos last week at a local High School.”
The violations stemmed from a complaint received by SCAQMD on August 16th, alleging that asbestos-containing flooring material was being disturbed in a storage room in the school library. According to the.......[Read More]
California City Puts Apartment Complex Owner on Notice for Mold and Other Poor Conditions
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Huntington Beach, CA, November 2nd, 2018 Recently, The Modesto Bee published a report about an apartment complex owner being put on notice to make repairs or face costly penalties. According to the article, the Modesto Building Safety Program Coordinator inspected the property and found mold, cockroaches, missing smoke detectors, and other health and safety concerns. The apartment complex owner now faces up to $1,000 per day in code or civil penalties if the needed repairs are not completed in a timely manner.
The health of apartment.......[Read More]
Protecting California’s Workers from Exposure Risks to Cobalt and other Potentially Hazardous Chemical Elements
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Huntington Beach, CA, October 30th, 2018 In 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 14th Report on Carcinogens (RoC) prepared by the National Toxicology Program (NTP). Added to that edition were cobalt and some cobalt compounds which were listed as “reasonably anticipated to be a known carcinogen.”
Cobalt is a naturally occurring metallic element that can be present in different forms. It is mixed with other metals to make cemented carbides, bonded diamonds and alloys that can be used to make.......[Read More]
Parents Learn of Mold Discovery in Part of California Middle School
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Huntington Beach, CA, October 23rd, 2018 Just before the start of the new school year, mold growth was discovered in a middle school in Fillmore, California. An article, published in the Ventura County Star, stated the local school district had hired professionals that isolated the mold growth to begin abatement work.
In a letter, written by the school district superintendent and sent home to parents, the mold is reported to be “present in the drywall attic space over the boy’s locker room, storage room, coach’s.......[Read More]
California Residents Learn the Difference between Seasonal Fall Allergies and Indoor Allergens
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Huntington Beach, CA, October 22nd, 2018 Just a few weeks into the fall season and residents of California are enjoying cooler temperatures and all types of outdoor activities. Unfortunately, fall is also ragweed season in some areas which causes misery for countless people who are allergic to its pollen. In fact, ragweed is considered to be the most significant allergy trigger in fall, although there are other plants that also release pollen during this time of year.
Natural outdoor sources of mold, another common allergen,.......[Read More]
California Residents Learn about Drinking Water Contaminant Categories and How to Test their Water
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Huntington Beach, CA, October 18th, 2018 In recent years, California residents have had to deal with widespread water conservation initiatives during times of drought. While these restrictions were in place, lawns suffered, but except for extreme circumstances in some rural parts of the state, faucets never went dry.
This is critically important since access to clean drinking water is a key component of a healthy life. Water serves a number of essential functions and is a vital component of every cell in the human body........[Read More]